I think I hoard books too, so storage is a necessity!
I also use bins to store my students’ notebooks in the classroom. This allows me to check them, even if the students are not in the room. It also keeps them all in one place, where they can’t get lost (or taken home by accident)! I teach several classes of reading and social studies. Each bin is labeled with the subject and class name.
The shallow bins are used for notes and homework. The students drop their papers off when they come to class and it’s easy for me to collect. Again, I have them labeled by class name. The label templates came from the fabulous Ladybug’s Teacher Files.
Now, where do I get all my bins from?? The cheapest places I can find! Since I can’t seem to stop buying them, I don’t get expensive ones.
The Dollar Store has the neon colored ones, although they do change their colors seasonally (you can purchase them in bulk online). Target Dollar Spot is prime real estate for cute plastic bins. I have also found really durable ones in their clearance section. Big Lots has some fun colors for cheap too! Most of the bins were $1.00 or less. Perfect!
Are you a teacher hoarder? What can’t you get enough of?? I want to know!